Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4)Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #37 features Warrior and Cluster hops with a touch of Columbus. It pours a bright gold with a white cap and soft carbonation. Ripe fruits are present on the nose, and continue in the taste giving a lush, tropical papaya-like flavor. This ample bitterness is offset by sweet Munich malt that lingers through each taste. Enjoy our latest IPA foray, and stay tuned for future experiments in the style. Research has rarely been so rewarding.

85 IBU

Added by stakem on 11-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Scratch 37 is an IPA hopped with Warrior, Cluster and a touch of Columbus. The aroma is very fruity that it almost reminds of Amarillo, however, the Columbus give itself away with the oniony, body odor aroma that is hiding in the fruit. The beer is pretty ordinary with medium bitterness and a fair bit of crackery malt, but there isn't anything special to set it a part. I am glad to have tried this, but would not go out of my way for this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of flower hops, bready malt, grass and some iced tea notes. Very interesting, but not something I am too crazy about.

The flavor is more of the same. I get orange and pine, as well as some bready malt and something that tastes like sweat. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Interesting, but not a beer I am too crazy about. Still, I am glad I got to try it. Thanks for sending it Josh.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a bit of haze, a nice small white head. Nose is a bit malty and sweet, hop notes are a it fruity and subdued.

Well this is quite sweet, the hops are there but there aren't enough to balance it out - it's almost like old hopslam, the sweetness is overpowering. Mouthfeel and body are good, nice and creamy.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank to THECPJ for this one

A: Pours a hazy light orange color with a very white one finger head. Decent retention, but dissipates to splotches of foam on the top. Nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Some citrus - mostly lemon. A little bit of doughy malt. Good, not amazing.

T: Very nice. Sweet, but in a good way, not overly sweet. Slightly bitter in the mid palate, but really not bitter at all compared to many American IPAs. A little bit of doughy malt, but the hops are in the forefront here.

M/D: Medium bodied with very nice carbonation. Extremely drinkable, had no idea it was 7.7% until I saw it listed above.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden honey color with a 1/2 inch of white head that settles pretty quick and leaves some light lacing. Some citrus in the nose, as well as hints of bready and sweet malts. Getting some of the citrus upfront in the taste, but there is an herbal / medicinal quality to this IPA, especially on the finish, that I dont really care for. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation level than expected - also a bit dry.

Glad I got to try this selection, but just didn't fit my palate.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable IPA, thanks to M.P. Pours medium golden, with a lasting foamy head. Smooth mouthfeel, this was very drinkable and with a well balanced bitterness derived from Warrior, Cluster, Colombus. IBU 85 is not so apparent, just an enoyable though high a.b.v. example of what can be done with an IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to wishuwerebeer and stakem for hooking me up with an early bottle of this.

Pours a crystal clear gold in the glass, with 2 fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a foamy ¼ finger of smooth froth that throws a creamy cascade up that hangs on the sides of the glass in sticky swathes. The aroma is floral and citric smelling, with an almost perfume-like character to it in spots. Digging deeper reveals some ripe fruit, dankness, and a gentle spiciness. Malts work well with the fruity aspects of this to form a sweet twang in the back of the nostrils. Those sugary fruit notes really start to control this as things warms up.

The taste is initially very bitter up front but this smoothes out very nicely once this gets to room temp, spreading hop flavors of green fruit, herbal qualities, and citrus peel out onto the palate. This is backed by a sticky blend of fleshy tasting fruit character and the toasted graininess of the malts. This finishes with a combo of pithy citrus peel and dry spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a solidly firm crispness to it but is mostly carried by a smooth slickness underneath that keeps this moving. This is maybe showing a little too much warmth as well. Not necessarily in the profile but the kind that creeps around in your throat and chest after you finish a sip.

This definitely isn't your average IPA and although I don't have a huge amount of experience with this hop variety, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is primarily Nelson Sauvin? Lots of hop flavor here but without any overt bitterness to it, I was really digging on this for the most part. The only thing holding it back for me was the warmth in the back-end. I'm definitely up for checking out more of this once it's officially released.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a .3l tulip from therealnomayo in our recent trade.

This pour has so much head that I had to stop with about 3oz still in the bottle and watched as three inches turned into more and spilled over the side of the glass. It stuck around for about 2 minutes and then dissolved leaving thick, sticky lacing. The color is muddied amber.

Initial burst of orange concentrate and pine needles. Or it could be my christmas tree (seriously) as the pine is gone quickly, and replaced with a nice spiced citrus.

Fairly bland across the board, nothing to complain about but none of the flavors distinguish themselves and there is a general lack of bite (bitter, alcohol, grass, citrus, all are there but sort of sitting together not chatting and noone is leading the conversation).

Very nice feel, good carbonation level, slightly slick with a clean finish. At 7.7% it's worth noting there is essentially no trace of booze until the very end.

It's ok. Certainly the begining (initial aroma) and the end (clean finish) make this easy to drink. But the middle leaves a bit of a question as to "why?"


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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third in my triple crown for Scratch 37.

A: The IPA is rather light, a pale ferrous color that has plenty of autumnal orange to go around. A finger and a half of white head overflowed my glass and left a ring of lace around my glass.

S: The nose is mild, hoppy with a strong balancing malt presence. Grassy citrus with floral undertones isn't half bad. PLenty of caramel malts balance things out. I like the sweetness that wafts out of the glass.

T: Malty and sweet, the ale delivers a strong start. The bitterness is nice, a bit of citrus and flora. Citrus rinds come through in the finish, a fresh send-off. Caramel malts are bready and, mid-sip, leave their imprint. The IPA, as I let it warm up, comes across as good but lacking the hoppy oomph that some Tröegs ales have. The rindy bitterness hangs out with a subtle twang.

M: The mouthfeel is more hoppy than not. Despite that, balance is the key as the beer is not a hop bomb. No hint of booziness; this is definitely my favorite iteration of Scratch 37.

D: Very drinkable, the 7.7% never gets in the way of the sweet hops. A floral, grassy brew that I'm finally coming around on.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. # code on the bottom but no clear date or info listed on the bottle.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for another Scratch brew!

A - I watch helplessly as the floating sediment in the beer clouds up the pint. Somewhat foggy golden yellow in color with a short-lived, two-finger white head. Some good lace hangs onto the glass.

S - A solid malt base of pale, CaraPils, and pilsner malt seem to be the building blocks. A hint of boiled noodles, or something close to it, pokes in the background with a mineral scent too. The hops seem far too mild in this IPA, only offering light notes of grapefruit citrus zest and juicy pineapple. Slightly off-putting.

T - Instant malty sweetness on the tongue is gently washed away by hoppy bitterness. Pils malt is dominant again, flavor-wise, with slight hints of citrus hops but...

M - ...the hops really only show through their bitter finish, not actual taste. Smooth and soft but almost as if it's already lacking something, this medium-bodied IPA is gently carbonated.

D - Once again, it's a good thing this is only a scratch beer. While thankful to try something I've not had before, I wouldn't want this again. It's far too bland all around.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Church Key DC as part of the Troegs scratch series event into a snifter tasting glass.

This beer appears a very dull but buttery gold and cloudy yellow color. White off cream head has lots of staying and sticky power, and leaves very good lacing,

Bouquet on this one is an odd one for an American IPA but good. Soupy-ness chew like chicken noodle soup but a closed wet nose. There is this very nice lemon zest and Sprite 7-Up cola smell a bit as well. More lemon than Carbon dioxide soda like though. Dig that lemon.

Taste is a mild buttery ness bordering into Belgian diacetyl. Some small orange notes, wet mouth feel which sort of dissipates very quickly with weak and masked hop characters. This reminds of me almost of a Belgian Pale Ale and some sort of messed up cross hybrid.

Strangely enough... I really like this for what it is and it's kind of unique but very odd I must admit.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in an awesome trade with stakem... Big props go out to Adam!!!! Poured into my Delerium goblet... 1/2" white head atop a hazed orange brew... spotty lacing and an okay cap.

Interesting hop nose... tropical fruit and some lite citrus zest.. a bit floral too.

Weird but not uninviting fruitiness makes me think melon/guava and nasturtiums.. definitely not the typical "CCC" hop IPA.. almost like a Belgian pale without the yeasty phenols... some apple and even pear come into play..

Nice pale malt presence brings all the fruity flavors out front.. odd yet interesting.. I would never kick it out of the fridge... but I have a hard time placing the overall product.

Thanks Adam for the super cool trade.. I hope you want to do it again some time.. I appreciate the home-state brews.


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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle to pint glass. Sampled shortly after release. Review from notes.

A: Excellent retention from the foam/sudsy off-white head of 2 1/2 fingers. Copper orange in color, the body is hazy and flirting with being murky. The bubbles on the inside are infrequent and lazily paced. Odd looking.

S: Lightly malted with toasted hints of bread and grain. The hops add a piney woodiness which is mixed in with some herbal notes. Pretty leafy with a certain earthy air about it.

T: Pineapple, apple skin and an unmistakable note of pear flesh. It is uncanny how reminiscent this last flavor is. The fruit flavors combine to provide a light sweetness at first, which progresses to moderate on the finish and effectively pushes the bitterness out of the way.

M: Medium to medium-full with a slick, sweet alcoholic finish that lingers longer than I care for.

D: I commend the idea to step away from the normal expectation of today's IPA but Scratch 37 was a little too outside of the box for me. A rare miss in production, particularly for a beer from the Scratch line, a series that Tröegs has been flying through lately.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a great extra recenetly and this is a series I am always trying to finish. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour is a nice and lightly hazed amber with a small head of white that clings to the sides for a good while as I sip my way through it. Lots of pineapple and fruity notes throughout, some hints at orange and light lemon as well. Taste is clean, medium body with a smooth and dry follow through that allows the light, juicy fruit flavor to really come forward fully. Nice and drinkable this did not last long.

Overall a very solid offering, and a nice way to start the night. Cannot wait to try the rest.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of CBlack85
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade recently.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer Balloon Glass.

The beer pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a small white head that slowly recedes leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.

The nose is full of citrus and tropical fruits. I get lots of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple; and to a lesser degree lemon, mango, and floral hops. The bready and sweet malts are also quite noticable. The aroma is quite nice with the exception of a slight off aroma that I can't quite put my finger on; almost like a rubbing alcohol (or as some have said, a cleaning product), but this is just a faint hint that is barely noticable.

The flavor is that of citrusy and fruity hops. As in the nose, I get lots of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, some mango, some pineapple, and some very faint floral hop notes. The malt character is bready and sweet, and just big enough to help balance out this beer without overpowering the hops. Surprisingly, even with all of the sweet malts and fruity hop flavors, there is a bitterness in the finish. Not overly bitter, but definately more than I expected given the smell and sweetness at the beginning of the beer. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, and the 7.7% ABV is well masked.

Not your typical flavor profile for an American IPA, but pleasant none the less.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up fresh from the brewery, the latest installment of the Troegs scratch series. Hell yes another IPA from Troegs and it introduces there further experiment into the hoppy unknown for them. Here we go love me some scratch beers.

A- This beer looks absolutely wonderful, it has a pale golden color to it with a slight copper/amber hue that seem enticing and begs to be consumed, but I have to be patient and go through all the steps to enjoying these Troegs' experiments. Beer has a thin white head that dissipates very rapidly and continues due to the constant stream of bubbles.

S- Smell is very faint of a combination of citrus and pine, not sure if I am a fan of this type of hop profile as there is not much of a smell to it, especially when compared to 31 and 35. It really is lacking in the floral hops department I am not getting what I expected. Let's let it warm a little bit to see what happens...I am picking up some faint pine resin, a very subtle citrus note and some fruity esters similar to an unripened pear or honey dew or other melon skins. The malt sweetness is not very present, but as it warms some you can pick up a little sweetness that melds well with the fruit skin nose.

T- Now the best part let's see if it picks up in the taste area of another anticipated scratch beer. Right away I am greeted with a little citrus/pine tickle that is enjoyable, but not what I expected from Troegs. Has a light-medium body to it and finishes like an unripened pear and is a little bland and seems very warming. I hate to say it, but I feel like Troegs missed the mark a little or the chosen bittering hops are not what they expected either. I am picking up a little bitterness, but no where near where I would like it to be for a Troegs hop experiment. The malty sweetness is very subtle and mixes well with the slight hop bitterness.

M- Definitely coats the mouths and allows all of the tastebuds to be involved in the process along with the rest of the mouth. Almost a little syrupy, definitely has a rich, medium body that stays on the tongue for awhile and allows you to pick up all the nuances of the beer. Carbonation is ample like most of Troegs beers and allows for a little hop tickle on the tongue.

D- Not sure of the abv, but that is never a problem. I could definitely drink a few of these, but I am a little displeased with this offering from Troegs, its hard to say its too fresh because its an IPA I just feel they rushed this one or didn't plan out the hops like they did with 31 and 35. I hope they decide to continue work with cascade, simcoe and citra hops in the future.

Still its an IPA from Troegs!!! Please don't use these hops in the Perpetual IPA.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. When I first had this, it was super fresh and incredibly dank, so much so that it was unrefined.

3.0 A: Hazed orange brownish color. Just a little over one finger of creamy off-white head that fell fairly quickly and left sparse touches of lacing.

3.5 S: Interesting. It's not hop forward anymore. It's not malt forward either though. Tropical fruits from the hops - pineapple, orange, some mango. Caramel malt is fairly intense and lightly bready.

3.5 T: Taste follows the nose, for the most part. Low to moderate bitterness, caramel malt, some breadiness, but otherwise clean yeast. Pineapple and orange of the strongest hop components along with some grassiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: I like what has happened to this beer since it was fresh. The hoppiness has decreased quite a bit, but the beer is much more refined now. I think a few of these scores could have easily been a half point higher.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sonicwaveofbees for the opportunity to try this.

A: Cloudy orange color. Thin white head. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Different. Apricot and pear. Kind of sweet. Not bad, just different.

T: Follows the nose. Bready to me. Not really used to IPAs having a pear/apple type flavors. Residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Again, not bad..just different.

M: A little on the thin side.

D: I could drink a couple of these. The sweetness is a little turn off.

I really like the idea of the Scratch series of beers..Troegs going back to their roots. 37 was ok. Ticked.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewery and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light orange color with a single-finger white head and a touch of spotty lacing. Light cap as it goes down. The node is some light peach without any real bitterness. Not much other than that. The taste is pretty similar. There is a lift amount of peach but not really much else. Maybe a touch of citrus. Slight bitternesss and a medium body. Not the best IPA, but it is really easy drinking.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sean brought this one to our UFC 126 get together.

A - Boring straw colored beer with a flimsy looking head. It looks like a beer, so at least that's good.

S - Smells like water that someone may have dropped a pinecone in. Quite weak.

T - This actually tastes pretty bad, like rotten pine water. No real hint of malts, basically just some pine that has been watered down. Don't like this at all.

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - Kind of hard to drink because of the horrid taste, don't drink this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

The Scratch Beer Dash hits its penultimate leg. The aforementioned pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, coriander, and very light caramel. The taste holds notes of pine, caramel, light grapefruit rind, and a few slivers of balsa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta grainy feel. Overall, an okay IPA, one that doesn't really show off the hops as well as it probably could have once. Not really bad, though...

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Photo of womencantsail
2.02/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jason for sending me this one as an extra.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, but generally clear, straw yellow color with a white head.

S: Starts off with a decent citrus aroma before taking a nose dive. Lots of abrasive smells to this one like rubbing alcohol and cleaning solution. I get a little bit of candied lemon, but it doesn't really help.

T: The flavor isn't any better. Again, very harsh with lots of alcohol and solvent character. There's a weird candy sweetness in the middle of tall of this, and a moderate bitterness.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Unfortunately, this Scratch beer was not really up to what I expect from Troegs. Not a fan of this beer at all.

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Scratch Beer 37 - 2010 (IPA #1 Of 4) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 66 ratings